South Side Giving Circle


 "All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. The only lasting truth is change."
- Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower


**NEW** 2019 Education Series, three panel discussions about the leadership of Black Women.  Click here for more information and to register.


The South Side Giving Circle (SSGC) of CFW mobilizes philanthropic resources of women primarily on Chicago's South Side and in the South Suburbs to invest in the economic, social and political power of black women and girls in metropolitan Chicago.

We are a fierce group of women paving a path of investment into women-of-color-led community initiatives and have awarded $33,000 to 5 Black-woman-led organizations on the South Side.

2019 Chairs
Jessyca Dudley
Phaedra M. Leslie
Melody M. Miller

Founding Members
Felicia Davis; Jessyca Dudley; Cristal Gary; Phaedra M. Leslie; Melody M. Miller; Nicole Reed; Nicole Robinson

Inaugural 2018 Members
Alicia Bailey; Anita Andrews-Hutchinson; Anita Annafi; Ashley Johnson; Ashley Richardson; Bakiba Burke; Candida Miranda; Catina Latham; Damaris Walker; Dara Munson; Deborah Bennett; Diane Knoepke; LaTrice "Elle" Davis; Janis Woods; Joan Clay; Joy Birchette: Kathy Pope; Keesha Chandler; Kelly Fair; Marquita Nelson; Michelle Adams; Michelle Boone; Santrice Martin; Sarah Ware; Sydney Johnson; Venyar Davis; Wendy Manning; Whitney Wade

2018 Grantees
Assata's Daughters
Girls Like Me Project, Inc
Polished Pebbles
Sisters Network - Chicago Chapter
Violets in Bloom


  • Be a broad-based membership group with leadership reflecting the communities we serve.

  • Build a network of women that is a catalyst for gender and racial equity on the South Side of Chicago.

  • Raise awareness for the unique inequities black women and girls face at the intersection of race and gender.

  • Support initiatives that give black women voice, and that retain/grow their political power.

  • Invest in community-based groups led by those most directly affected by the issues that the organization addresses.

  • Introduce new organizations to CFW, a relationship through which leaders may grow networks and capacity and become connected to other funding opportunities.


Membership for 2019 has closed. Complete the Member Interest Form to be updated about joining in 2020.



Meet in May, August, September, October and November 2019
Attend a grantmaking orientation in Spring/Summer
Participate in site visits in October/November
Grants awarded in December

Membership Requirements
Complete a New Member Form, and make the annual contribution.*

$1,000 annual contribution

Young Professional (35 years and younger):
$500 annual contribution, with an ask
to raise the additional $500.

*Annual contribution may be made in one payment or as installments, due in full by September 30, 2019.

Interested in joining? Let us know!
Complete the Member Interest Form.

For more information, contact Eli Marsh, Philanthropic Education Officer, at
312.577.2825 or